Prime Minister Netanyahu to Address URJ Biennial



The URJ  is proud to announce that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the  72nd URJ Biennial and Women of Reform Judaism 49th Assembly and Centennial Celebration, in San Diego, CA, December 11-15. The URJ Biennial is the flagship conference for the Reform Movement, and brings together 5,000 people for an inspiring five days of learning, praying, singing, networking and the opportunity to shape the future of the largest segment of North American Jewry.

In announcing that Prime Minister Netanyahu will address the Biennial, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs said,

We are honored to have Prime Minister Netanyahu as part of our URJ Biennial and give attendees the opportunity to hear from someone who – for decades – has been at the forefront of the Israeli political scene. We look forward to thanking the Prime Minister for his leadership, and hearing important updates on his current initiatives and the priorities of the State of Israel. The fact that President Barack Obama addressed our Biennial two years ago and that Prime Minister Netanyahu will address us this year, sends a strong message to the world, recognizing the Reform Movement’s tireless work for Israel, and the American Jewish community.

Biennial Chair Edward Burger of Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT, echoed Rabbi Jacobs’ excitement and issued an invitation to the wider Jewish community:

The Biennial is the highlight of my Jewish involvement: reenergizing, inspiring, and connecting me to leadership from around the world. Having the opportunity to hear from Prime Minister Netanyahu will make this Biennial a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And this year, for the first time, our Biennial is open to anyone who wants to join us. We look forward to a great turnout from across the continent and around the world, for exceptional learning, spiritually fulfilling worship, and extraordinary speakers such as Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Registration is required for members of the press interested in obtaining press credentials for the URJ Biennial, including for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech. Visit www.urj.org/biennial to register.

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4 Responses to “Prime Minister Netanyahu to Address URJ Biennial”

  1. avatar

    This is wonderful news! I hope the URJ will seize upon this opportunity to raise several of its areas of concern with the Prime Minister including the URJ’s recent statement about Bedouin rights (http://rac.org/Articles/index.cfm?id=23200), African asylum seeker rights (http://rac.org/Articles/index.cfm?id=22807&pge_prg_id=14852&pge_id=2424 and http://www.reformjudaism.org/blog/2012/11/26/help-asylum-seekers-israel), and religious pluralism, among other issues.

  2. avatar

    When will the Prime Minister be making his address?

  3. avatar

    Thanks, Kate! That was my question as well. :)

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